Cool Indoor Fun

No doubt about it, it’s been a rainy summer, punctuated by bouts of muggy heat. So what’s a family to do for fun, without breaking the bank?

Check out the library!

For books, of course, but so much more. In addition to weekly story times for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families, and various book clubs, here’s a sampling of more free fun available at area libraries.

West Regional Library

4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary

(919) 463-8500   

Stones N’ Bones: Saturday, July 20, Noon. Dig into dirt and fossils — cool! Register school-age children via the website or by calling the library. 

Papermaking: Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. Kids in grades 6-10 will learn how to make decorative paper by hand. Supplies are provided, but bring flower petals, seeds, glitter etc. to personalize your paper! Registration needed.

It's a Tea Party! Thursday, July 25, 2 p.m. Celebrate Cary as historians from the Page-Walker Arts & History Center discuss the town's founding families and early culture. Bring your favorite teacup and saucer! Registration required.

Cary Community Library

310 S. Academy St., Cary

(919) 460-3350

Create Egyptian artifacts! Wednesday, July 24, 4:30 p.m. That's what children in grades K-5 can do as part of this interactive program of books and hands-on activity. Register, please.

Holly Springs Community Library

300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs

(919) 577-1660

Cool Chemistry, Thursday, July 25, 4:30 p.m. Rising K-5th graders can experience chemistry with special guest Dr. Sol Levine. Register, please.

Eva Perry Regional Library

2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex

(919) 387-2100

Everybody’s a Critic: Friday, July 26, 4:30 p.m. Fourth- and fifth-graders join in a book discussion and activity; pick up your copy of this month’s book, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Angleberger, at the library in advance. Register online; space is limited.

Bold Button Jewelry: Friday, July 19, 10:30 a.m. Put your imagination to wrok and create colorful earrings, bracelet and necklace. All materials provided; ages 16 and older, registration required.

Video Game Tourney; Saturday, July 27, 1:30 p.m. Compete on Pokemon Black and White for Nintendo DS; you could win a medal! For rising sixth-graders and older. Call (919) 387-2120 to register.

Southeast Regional Library

908 Seventh Ave., Garner

(919) 662-2250

Be Money Smart, & Save with Coupons: Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m. Learn how to save on your grocery bill, with the Savvy Savers Couponers! Registration requested.

Book Bites: Friday, July 26, 2 p.m. Share books of any genre in a casual setting. July’s feature is books written for teens but also enjoyed by adults, and vice versa. Register please.

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